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Why Conservation Is Failing and How It Can Regain Ground$
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Eric Freyfogle

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300110401

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300110401.001.0001

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The Four Faces of Resistance

The Four Faces of Resistance

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(p.14) Chapter 1 The Four Faces of Resistance
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Why Conservation Is Failing and How It Can Regain Ground
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Eric Freyfogle

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300110401.003.0002

This chapter presents the views of Aldo Leopold on land conservation. As a lover of the entire land community, Leopold belonged to a minority strand of American culture, and is remembered chiefly for his land ethic, summed up in his essay by that name. One of Leopold's chief complaints was the fragmentation that characterized the conservation movement of his day. Leopold's worries about conflicts within conservation soon merged with his ideas about land as a community. To coordinate efforts, conservation needed an overall goal, a common target at which all conservationists could aim. Given that land worked as an integrated system, the logical aim was one linked to the ability of the system as such to function over time.

Keywords:   land conservation, Aldo Leopold, land ethics, conservation movement, fragmentation

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